Enjoy these easy and tasty Turkey Cranberry Piroshki as a post-holiday snack or anytime you feel like it. These piroshki are made with turkey breast, cranberry sauce, orange zest, and a touch of rosemary.
It’s been a really long time since the last time I made piroshki. If you’re not sure what they are, they consist of yeast dough and some kind of a tasty filling. Piroshki can be filled with potato and mushroom filling, meat, rice, cabbage, apples, or berries. The filling options are as wide as your imagination allows. Piroshki can be fried or baked.
When I was making these turkey cranberry piroshki last weekend, my husband brought up a good point. I don’t make a lot of Russian food. Many people don’t even realize that I’m Russian. I guess my name is the only thing that gives it away because it’s not my cooking or my accent, which I’m told only comes out when I’m angry or excited. Nevertheless, I don’t actually cook a lot of Russian food. Maybe it’s because I have too much fun making up recipes and experimenting with different ingredients.
This might be a simple snack with only a few ingredients but the taste is fantastic. The combination of juicy turkey meat, sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, orange zest, and rosemary makes the perfect filling for this after-holiday snack. I absolutely love the bright, fresh flavors that comes from adding orange zest and rosemary. It’s the perfect flavor combination to compliment both, turkey and cranberries.
Did I mention that these pastries are super easy to make too? When I don’t feel like dealing with yeast dough (which it quite often), I always grab a bag of fresh pizza dough from the deli section. Beats waiting for the dough to rise for over an hour. When it comes to tasty treats I have absolutely no patience and that’s why I rarely make yeast dough. The only times I ever make yeast dough is when I’m making fresh pretzels. I haven’t found a shortcut to those yet. When it comes to doughnuts, piroshki, and many other pastry treats, my impatience takes over.
That’s why these are perfect for after the holiday treat. During the holidays, we are so busy spending
hours days in a kitchen, we need a little break afterwards. After many hours of Black Friday shopping we need to nourish and energize so these turkey piroshki make the perfect snack.
Turkey Cranberry Baked Piroshki
These piroshki are made with turkey breast, cranberry sauce, orange zest, and a touch of rosemary.
- 1 lb prepare raw pizza dough
- 1 turkey breast about .75 lb
- 1/2 cup cranberry sauce whole berry
- Zest from 1/2 naval orange
- 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
- 1 egg for brushing the dough
- Preheat oven to 400 and grease a baking tray.
- Dice turkey breast into small pieces and place into a medium mixing bowl.
- Add cranberry sauce, orange zest, and rosemary to the turkey. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
- Roll out pizza dough. (Be careful not to make it too thin on the dough will rip while trying to make piroshki.)
- Using a round cookie cutter that's 4-5 inches in diameter, cut out circles of dough.
- Add about 2-3 Tbsp. of turkey mixture to the center of each circle. Be careful for to over-pack. Leave about an inch of dough around the filling for folding piroshki.
- Wet your fingers with water and rub the edges of the dough. Bring the two opposite ends of dough together. Pinch the dough, working from the center down to each side. Then, twist the pinched end of the dough, creating a little braided look.
- Repeat with remaining dough.
- Place piroshki, seam up, onto the prepared baking tray. Whisk the egg and brush the top of each pastry with the egg.
- Bake for 16-18 minutes, until the dough is golden brown.
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